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Acupuncture for Dental Patients?

Photo by Antonika Chanel on Unsplash
Photo by Antonika Chanel on Unsplash

Some people are hesitant to try acupuncture. The thought of pins placed on the skin sounds uncomfortable to those who are unfamiliar with this technique. However, there is research supporting its use in changing the perception of pain and releasing those natural pain killers.

It is possible that acupuncture prior to dental treatment may decrease feelings of anxiety. There is more research needed to determine the extent of the benefits. However, if you feel anxious at the thought of visiting your dentist and are open to trying acupuncture, it may be worth exploring.

There’s an App for That

Hate going to the dentist? Love Apps? Love Selfies? You may be the target audience for Toothpic.

With Toothpic, you take selfies of your mouth and send them off to be evaluated by a dentist. As the quality of images improve from smartphone, Toothpic states dentists are able to see a lot of detail from these pictures.

It’s an interesting concept and we love seeing what’s new with technology, but….. it definitely cannot replace in-person cleanings every six months and we still suggest you schedule an in person appointment for problems, especially when you are experiencing pain.

Toothpic App Walkthrough from OralEye on Vimeo.

Your Chair May Soon Know If You’re Scared

An empty leather chair in a dentist office
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Feel nervous at the mere thought of going to the dentist? Does the anxiety increase once you arrive and take a seat in the chair? You’re not alone.  Some places offer pet therapy and patients may learn CBT to help alleviate their fears.

Dentists at Columbia University’s Center for Precision Dental Medicine want to address this problem with a high-tech dental chair.

An RFID-enabled wristband identifies patients and tracks practitioners as well as the equipment. Rather than holding your hand up to the dentist when you experience pain, data immediately lets your dentist or hygienist know that you are uncomfortable. Procedures can also be recorded for later analysis.

The goal is not to only reduce the stress of the visit but to standardize procedures. Data allows the dentist to better link dental health with overall health, providing opportunity for early detection of disease.

Research is still underway, but perhaps the day will come when this is common practice.